Absentee Voting

Annual Application to Vote by Mail – Revised 1-1-2014
Annual Application for Ballot by Mail – Notice and FAQs – New 1-1-2014
Your rights when voting by mail
Application for Emergency Ballot
Military and Overseas Voters

Straight Party Voting
Upcoming Elections
Demo of Voting Machine

Who can vote by mail?

You are eligible to vote early by mail if you are a registered voter who is:
• 65 years of age or older
• Out of the county during the entire election including early voting (must provide out of county address)
• Disabled
• Confined in jail, but eligible to vote.
How do I get a ballot?

To vote by mail, you must first apply for a ballot. The Dallas County Elections office does not send out applications or ballots without a specific request from the voter.  We must receive your application no earlier than 60 days before election day and no later than the close of business 9 days before election day. If the deadline falls on a weekend, the last day to submit an application is the preceding Friday. If the deadline falls on a state or federal holiday, the ballot must be received on the preceding business day.

Mail your application for a ballot to:
If you choose to use a contract carrier, applications can be delivered to:

Toni Pippins-Poole – Early Voting Clerk
Dallas County Elections
2377 N. Stemmons Frwy., Suite 820
Dallas, Texas 75207
Fax your application for a ballot to:
Fax: (214)819-6303

We can accept an application in person directly from the individual voter only before early voting begins.

Where do I get an application?

You may download an Early Voting Absentee application from our site.
Note: This file requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to view or print. The reader can be downloaded free from Adobe.

Military and overseas citizens should use the Federal Postcard Application (FPCA).

You do not have to use a formal application; however, an informal application must be in writing and include:
• your signature (or a witness’ signature if you cannot sign);
• your name and the address at which you are registered to vote;
• the address to which the ballot is to be mailed;
• the election date and for which election you are requesting a ballot (for a primary election, you must state the political party’s primary (Republican or Democratic) in which you wish to vote); and,
• a reason why you are eligible to vote early by mail (to be eligible to vote early due to a planned absence from the county, your application must state an address out-of-county to have your ballot mailed).

How soon must I return the ballot?

Once you have marked your ballot it can be returned, but we must receive your marked ballot by 7 p.m. on election day! If you are Military or Overseas (FPCA application) and are mailing your ballot from outside the United States, we must receive your ballot by the fifth day after election day.
How do I get more information?

For more information on ballot by mail and FPCAs,
call us at (214) 819-6359, fax us at (214) 819-6303,
email earlyvotingmail@dallascounty.org ,
or write us at:
Toni Pippins-Poole – Early Voting Clerk
Dallas County Elections
2377 N. Stemmons Frwy., Suite 820
Dallas, Texas 75207

Instructions for Voting an Optical Scan (Paper) Absentee Ballot


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This website is for informational purposes only. While we endeavor to provide timely and accurate information, we make no guarantees. This material has been compiled from various sources. For additional questions, please contact the Dallas County Elections Department at (214) 819-6300.